I don't know if you recall a few weeks back I punted the idea whereby members could pay £6.00 per quarter (>50P per week) and join a section of our online community that would be giving something back to the site, by way of funding for the bursary, also included in this deal would be the inclusion in a free draw. This would mean that the income from the subscriptions would be divided between bursary and draw, with the majority of draw items being purchased from site trade members, a huge dose of satisfying nepotism. This would not mean that these supporters would have anything extra over other non supportive members, other than the draw entry and the knowledge that they are helping newcomers.
I thought it was quite reasonable, then the comments started ranging from "good idea", "worthwhile cause" to "I'm not going to pay to be a member of a website", "this means that x amount of thousands of pounds will be made by admin". What it did show is that the vast amount of people replying to the thread had not bothered to read the first post but had picked up on the negative part and posted about that. The SD lynch mob was in full cry, again.
Well silly old me thinking it was a good idea went ahead with a bit of forward planning and after speaking to our friends at Swazi I am now in possession of three Wapiti jackets, each resplendent with the SD logo. So now the problem is what to do with the jackets. Do we go ahead with the supporters club idea, which means the first three months would be a jacket per month for the draw, prizes thereafter would depend on subscriptions made, or do we try to come up with an alternative fund raising plan for the jackets, what do you think?